Report: Bengals plan for Ja’Marr Chase to return in Week 13

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Last week, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow made some waves when he said in his Wednesday press conference that the Bengals were expecting Ja'Marr Chase to return for the club’s Week 12 matchup with Tennessee.

Clearly, that didn’t end up being the case — though Cincinnati won anyway. But things are looking more like Chase will be back on the field when the Bengals play the Chiefs in Week 13.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the plan is for Chase to return against Kansas City.

Chase has been out since catching eight passes for 130 yards with two touchdowns against the Falcons in Week Seven. In his second season, Chase has 47 receptions for 605 yards with six touchdowns in 2022.

Head coach Zac Taylor seemed optimistic about Chase’s return for next week in his postgame press conference on Sunday.

“Just ultimately, we thought that was the smartest decision,” Taylor said of keeping Chase sidelined for the game against Tennessee, via the team’s website. “You get a chance to get him back, practice for a week. Felt really encouraged with where he’s at. And ultimately, as we got closer to the game, it was, ‘Let’s get him back to practice next week and then make that decision.’

“But yeah, there’s not a gameplan on how this thing was going to unfold. I think ultimately, we’re happy with how it played out that we didn’t put him on IR. So, he got a chance to practice a week earlier than he would have. So now we can go into next week, I’m not going to make any promises, but feeling like, ‘OK, we’ve seen him on the grass.’ I think he’s feeling pretty good. And so we’ll just evaluate where he’s at starting next Wednesday.”

Though they started 2-3, the Bengals have won three in a row and five of their last six. Chase should provide another boost as the team prepares for the stretch run.

12 responses to “Report: Bengals plan for Ja’Marr Chase to return in Week 13

  1. Glad I was able to tease this line before it became common knowledge. Working the line movement is half the battle of winning in sports wagering.

  2. As a Chiefs fan, I would suggest the Bengals rest him one more week, just out of an abundance of caution.

  3. As a Chiefs fan, I hope he plays. The more experience the DBs have facing him, the better chance they’ll have to handle him in the playoffs. Only Sneed is still there from last year’s team so they need the experience.

  4. Can’t wait to see how the Chiefs young DBs match up against Chase, especially Trent McDuffie.

  5. Glad to hear he’s recovering. The Bengals have been one of the feel-good stories of the league over the past year, and he’s a big part of it.

  6. Bengals do not fear the Chiefs but darn sure respect them. Id say both sides its mutual. Gonna be a fantastic game.

  7. Bengals and Chiefs are playing the best football in the AFC right now. Like last year’s two games, this should be a good ol’ good one.

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